A Drive with a Dragonfly – Finding Perspective

One morning as I was leaving a farm on my pet sitting rounds, a dragonfly started flying around in the car. I tried unsuccessfully to guide it out. The dragonfly ricocheted frantically from the dash to the windshield.

I was frustrated because of an unpleasant situation swirling about in my world. As the dragonfly bounced about, I worried it would injure itself. It took a dive into the space between the dash and windshield and was still; I feared it was hurt. Frustration and now, worry. For today only…do not anger, do not worry – the Reiki Precepts came to mind.

I slowed my breathing and felt Reiki energy flow – my stress melted. I invited the dragonfly into the Reiki space with me. Soon, it began flying about again, this time less frantic. I continued to hold space, wishing the dragonfly peace and comfort. It settled quietly on the dash in front of me and rested. I let it know I would try again to help it escape the car when we stopped.

At my next stop, a parking lot, the dragonfly flew back to a safe spot between the windshield and dash and would not come out. Not the best choice for a home anyway.

On the road again, I continued to share Reiki and the dragonfly began flying again. I let it know I would help it to safety when it was ready. In a minute or so, it landed on my hand. Its beauty and peacefulness astounded me. I stopped near a wooded area and rolled down the window. In a few seconds, the dragonfly flew away. As it flew, I heard “thank you.”

I was filled with gratitude and joy that my little passenger was safe. I quickly realized that I was no longer frustrated and aggravated. Helping the dragonfly changed my perspective. The dragonfly was fighting to survive while I was obsessing over things that did not matter in the big scheme of things.

The dragonfly is part of my Reiki business logo because I have always loved dragonflies. They represent new light and joy. When a dragonfly shows up in one’s life it means one may need to gain a new perspective or make a change. Or, that one is being too rational and neglecting emotions. Spot on this day.

I needed a reminder to keep everything in perspective and to follow my heart. Over thinking can cause us to become angry or worried and lose perspective. Coming from the heart keeps us connected, grateful and centered. The way to this for me is through the Reiki precepts…for today only…everyday, all day…
Forever in gratitude to Reiki and to the beautiful dragonfly who took a ride with me. Reiki gave us both what we needed that morning.

Laura Thomas

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